Estimated Price Of A "Classic" PDP-8?

From: William Maddox <>
Date: Mon Jan 26 04:37:14 2004

It seems that the going rate for a complete but "rough" PDP-8/E/F/M pulled
from industrial service with no cleaning or restoration is around $1000 on
EBay, at least that's what I had to pay to win a couple of auctions
recently. These are rather common machines compared to the earlier PDP-8
models. I saw a nicely cleaned up 8/E go for $1700 on Ebay. But in that
context, $3000 for a rare 8/S in good condition for operation and display
doesn't seem out of line. Annoying, because I'm not collecting for
investment and would rather the 8s go for the closer-to-scrap-value prices
so many other minis fetch. But I suppose growing values and marketability
will help get more machines into the hands of collectors and away from the
scrap dealers.

Ethan: *Two* straight 8s *and* DF-32s? My envy knows no bounds... ;)

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From: "Ethan Dicks" <>
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Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 12:37 AM
Subject: Re: Estimated Price Of A "Classic" PDP-8?

> On Sun, Jan 25, 2004 at 08:58:10PM -0800, Jim Davis wrote:
> > $3000 for an "8/S"?!?!, you have to be kidding? Did it include a lot of
> > equipment?
> When I asked Sellam about one that went for $1700 a couple of years ago,
> he thought that was a fair price.
> -ethan
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